Le Barroux

Le Barroux (French pronunciation: ​[lə baʁu]; Occitan: Lo Barós) is a village and commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It had a population of 629 in 2017.

Le Barroux
Castle and village of Le Barroux
Castle and village of Le Barroux
Coat of arms of Le Barroux
Coat of arms
Location of Le Barroux
Le Barroux is located in France
Le Barroux
Le Barroux
Le Barroux is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Le Barroux
Le Barroux
Coordinates: 44°08′16″N 5°06′01″E / 44.1378°N 5.1003°E / 44.1378; 5.1003Coordinates: 44°08′16″N 5°06′01″E / 44.1378°N 5.1003°E / 44.1378; 5.1003
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Bernard Monnet
16.04 km2 (6.19 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2018)[1]
 • Density40/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
84008 /84330
Elevation218–670 m (715–2,198 ft)
(avg. 350 m or 1,150 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.


Its current name derives from the Latin Albaruffum.

Its castle was built in the 12th century to oppose Saracen and Italian incursions, and went through major overhauls in the 16th and 17th centuries. The castle was damaged during the French Revolution, was repaired in 1929 using private funds, was set on fire by German occupation troops in 1944 as a reprisal for acts of resistance, and restored again after 1960. In its chapel are 18th-century wall paintings that are registered as historical monuments.

Its parish Church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.

Outside the village is the traditionalist Roman Catholic Benedictine Abbey named Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux, founded in 1978 by Dom Gérard Calvet (1927–2008).

Charles, Prince of Wales spent a week in the village in November 1990, convalescing after an operation.[2]

Le Barroux is sister town with the English village of Much Marcle.


  • Agriculture. Vineyards around the village produce Côtes du Ventoux AOC wine. Other productions are olive oil, cherries and apricots.
  • Tourism. Visitors are attracted to the picturesque medieval village and castle and to the Benedictine abbey. Cyclists are attracted by the proximity of the Mont Ventoux, a mountain often featured in the Tour de France.

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  1. ^ "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.
  2. ^ Christopher Wilson, "The Windsor Knot", Citadel Press, 2003, p.145.